Apr 19, 2012

Recycled Mosaic Picture Frame

I love the look of stone mosaic art, but it is expensive and not really practical for young kids. I thought I’d try a variation of this idea I saw online using old plastic cards instead. Between gift cards, rebate cards, and club cards, it’s pretty easy to collect these without really even trying.
1. I started with 8 jumbo popsicle sticks, and glued them together with white glue as shown. Let dry.
2. Cut several plastic cards with a scissors into strips that are just a bit thinner than the width of the stick. Cut across the strips to make the most even and equal-sided squares that you can. Glue these onto the frame with white glue, leaving a small amount of space on either side.
3. If you like the frame with the round ends showing, stop and find or make some art for the center. I wanted a more modern look so after the squares were dry, I used a large scissors to cut the ends off flush.
4. Fill your frame with a photo, drawing, or your favorite quote. To hang, apply a stick-on hanger (available at most craft stores) on the back.

11 comments:

Suzie-Jean Maskin said...

The mosaic is great. I knew someone who also did these mosaic projects.
She was able to get a donation of
sample paint cards from paints stores.
They worked well. Children colored pictures on them.

Susan
http://suziejean.blogspot.com

Phyl said...

I love 'green' art and this is a great recycling project. I have a slightly out-of-whack old workhorse paper cutter that I use for cutting up cardboard boxes for sculptures; I bet I could use it to cut up the cards too. I save my good cutter for paper and precision cutting where I want right angles!

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget this is a project aimed at children. :) You can worry about color combination if you try it yourself. Great idea and great for recycling!!

Sheri@childmade.com said...

These are great! So bright and cheery! I've linked this one and a number of your other great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Love and Lollipops said...

Super Super Super idea!! Just love it!

LessonPlans-CraftGossip said...

This is a wonderful recycle craft! Just posted on Craft Gossip!!

http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=5989

Jen said...

This is incredibly amazing popsicle art! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea. Perfect for the kids. We also did a Popsicle chain reaction activity out of the same materials you used. You should check this out!
EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com: Popsicle Chain Reaction

Jen said...

This is incredibly amazing popsicle art! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea. Perfect for the kids. We also did a Popsicle chain reaction activity out of the same materials you used. You should check this out!
EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com: Popsicle Chain Reaction

Erin R. Brewer said...

Really this is is a very beautiful recycle craft! I like it very much. Thanks to share this.
photo retouching

Anna-Lena Rößler said...

This looks really cool! How wide and long are these popsicles?

Kathy Barbro said...

I'm not sure what the numbers are, but look for sticks that are labeled "Jumbo".